Snowboarders from across the Western half of the US packed cars, dusted off gear, broke out jackets, wiped off goggles and sent it to Mammoth Mountain for opening weekend. The first resort to open in California, Mammoth facilitated the stoke of thousands, as riders lapped top-to-bottom across a full spectrum of terrain.
Thanks to early season storms and cool temperatures, Mammoth opened with the gondola, Broadway lift, Chair 3, and Chair 23 all spinning. As the sun warmed the mountain, there was plenty of snow to sink an edge into, and the six-feature park setup saw relentless hiking and action.
"You can find some pockets of pow, and this weather is insane!" remarked Greg Bretz, Mammoth local and team rider, as he rode Chair 3 with Eddie Wall and Jaeger Bailey on one of his first runs of the season.
A diverse lineup of riders were spotted throughout the weekend. Dylan Alito and Tyler Flanagan blasted sidehits. Torstein Horgmo, Iikka Backstrom, Justin Fronius, and Brady Lem hiked the park. Kimmy Fasani, Jaeger Bailey, Sage Kotsenburg, Hana Beaman, and Elena Hight hot-lapped.
"So much of the snowboarding industry is in Mammoth for opening weekend, so it’s a big family reunion," commented Eddie Wall about his 16th consecutive opening weekend at the resort.
"It’s like the first day of school, seeing everyone after summer break. But it's way better because there are parties instead of homework," said Eddie.
As much action as there was on-hill, an equivalent amount occurred in the village, as multiple parties popped off throughout the weekend. Absinthe's /fterForever played on Friday night in front of a hectic but hyped crowd at Sushi Rei, before Snowboarder’s Resolution, and Wildcats Never Die screened before Insight played at 53 Kitchen and Cocktails, closing out a stacked weekend. Almost. That was before the crowd made its way to Lakanuki, where the bar’s phonetical name—lack o’ nookie—was contrasted with a decent ratio on the dancefloor.
Dylan Alito was out in full force on Saturday night and set a rowdy tone that transcends time. Opening weekend has and will always be a celebration.
Thanks to Mammoth and everyone that came out to our Insight premiere– That was one hell of a weekend and the best way to kick off the season! Check out a couple of highlight edits below, and scope the action in the gallery above.
Eddie Wall, Jaeger Bailey and Greg Bretz Lapping Chair 3 on Facebook Live
Thanks to Mammoth Mountain, the Mammoth Mountain Inn, and 53 Kitchen and Cocktails for the awesome weekend. Here’s to the season!